Sunday, October 21, 2012

What is the most played Just Dance Wii game?


The Roast
The first Just Dance game released on November 17, 2009 for the Nintendo Wii. The game did not receive a typical professional review score average that would make you think it would become one of the best selling Wii games, but apparently many consumers ignored the "professional reviews" and bought the original Just Dance in droves. It has sold millions of copies and its success helped form a new major franchise for Ubisoft, with at least one new game for the series each year, since the original released.

In January this year, Ubisoft announced that since the series launched, it had sold more than 25 million copies. The Wii has had at least 8 games from the Just Dance series, from my count:
Another Just Dance title is releasing this Tuesday, Just Dance: Disney Party.

Which Just Dance game has become the Wii's most played "Per person" and also has the most total hours of gameplay reported, with so many titles for Wii owners to choose from? (Hint: It's not Just Dance 4.) Brew yourself some coffee, and let's take a look!

Will you be dancing with Just Dance 4 on the Wii U?
Coffee Beans
Just Dance 2 is the Wii's most played game from the Just Dance series, according to the average hours reported "Per person" and also the total hours reported on the Nintendo Channel for all of the Just Dance games.

Just Dance 2 was released on October 12, 2010 with a MSRP of $39.99. The game was developed by Ubisoft Paris, and received an ESRB rating of "Everyone 10+" with "Lyrics, Mild Suggestive Themes" listed as content for gamers and parents to be aware of.

The data shown in the image below is for the gameplay hours reported from U.S. Wii owners, with 734 days possibly reported.

Information reported from U.S. Wii owners.

The Brew
Just Dance 2 now has approximately 453,768 U.S. Wii owners that have reported playing the game through the Nintendo Channel, which is about 160,000 more Wii owners that have reported data for the game since last year's report.

Just Dance 2's reported average play-time is 12 Hours 55 Minutes "Per person", with the average time played per day/session being about 1 Hour 7 Minutes. This means each time reported dancing session is lasting just over an hour. The game's reported average is 12 Hours 55 Minutes "Per person" as the image above shows.

How has the game been received by critics and customers? The game has a "professional" critic review score average of 77.25%, based on 16 reviews on GameRankings.com. Just Dance 2 has a customer review score average of 90.22%, based on 1,097 reviews from Amazon.com.

Caffeinated Thoughts
While I still have not played any of the Just Dance games, I have found it interesting to see the series continue to be so successful, and I enjoy seeing how Ubisoft has marketed the series and expanded it to the other consoles as well. Seeing Just Dance 2 being the most played game of the series on the Wii though, I do find interesting because it wasn't the first game in the series on the Wii.

The 5,863,176 Total Hours reported for the game are equivalent to dancing for about 244,299 days, straight. That would be dancing 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, for just over 669 years. I think that would make for the longest "Just Sweat It Out" session!

Just Dance 4 was just released on October 9th for the PlayStation 3, Wii, and Xbox 360. The Wii U is not yet out (less than a month now!), but Just Dance 4 is scheduled to release 5 days before the system, on November 13th. The trailer below is for Just Dance 4, and promotes how the Wii U GamePad's streaming function will work.


Just Dance 4 on the Wii U currently has a MSRP of $49.99, which is $10 higher than the PlayStation 3, Wii, and Xbox 360 versions of the game. The game is releasing with three exclusive tracks for the Wii U version, as well as the Wii U exclusive Master of Ceremony and Puppet Master modes, and the ability to play Just Dance 4 off of just the Wii U GamePad.

I just wonder if the $10 price difference is going to be adjusted before launch, and make a big difference for fans of the series; or if it will make for the first Just Dance title to release at $49.99, and perhaps future Just Dance games will continue to release at that price as well?

Questions
Have any of you played Just Dance 2, and helped it become the Wii's most played Just Dance game in at least the U.S., passing the original? Have any of you played all of the Just Dance Wii games by any chance, and if so, do you have a favorite game from the series?

If you're a fan of the Just Dance series and planning on buying a Wii U, do the extra Wii U modes in Just Dance 4 and the option to play off of just the Wii U GamePad make you likely to buy the game?


You can see games from the Just Dance series linked below:


You can read older data reports on Just Dance, Just Dance 2, and Just Dance 3: here, here, and here.

3 comments:

  1. I am a big fan of the JD series. I've played 1, 2, 3 and now 4 (didn't bother with the "side games" aside from the Michael Jackson experience, and that one is ok).

    1 was pretty shovelwarish, but the three sequels have all been amazing fun. I do think 2 has the edge in terms of the quality and variety in music, but I'm really impressed with some of the gameplay additions to 4, like dancer's card. And of course the upcoming Gungnam Style DLC. That thing alone is going to be hilarious.

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  2. Yeah, even though I haven't played them, just from seeing the PR releases each year and the marketing, shows me they aren't trying to get "comfortable" with the series.


    Also, which version do you go with each year?


    Thanks for the comment and feedback!

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  3. The Wii version each time - I don't have Move and my games room is too small for Kinect. So Wii wins (not that it really matters which platform for this kind of game anyway)

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